2002 F21 National Assembly - Washington, DC

October 11 - 13, 2002

Enabling the Future: The Role of Leadership in Institutional Transformation
National Academy of Sciences and Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

The annual PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century (F21) National Assembly is the key opportunity for F21 members to exchange ideas, experiences and dreams with peers and seasoned agents of change within the national science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community. The emphasis of the 2002 National Assembly is leadership in institutional transformation.

Those attending the 2002 Assembly – F21 members, village elders, and other national leaders – will set the stage for their leadership responsibilities in institutional transformation by:

  • dreaming big,
  • exploring together, and
  • taking personal responsibility for transformation.

Friday, October 11, 2002
Dreaming big. It has been ten years since a group of faculty from a variety of STEM disciplines gathered together to dream big and articulate their vision for the future. The 1992 report from the NSF Presidential Young Investigators (PYIs) was one of the calls for reform. It is now time to update their recommendations in light of new opportunities and challenges within science and society. This will be a momentous task; we will produce a penultimate publication of recommendations during the assembly – the first collective F21 endeavor. REVISITED: America’s Academic Future – A Report from PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century (F21) Network on U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education for the Year 2012 will be published in late 2002.

Saturday, October 12, 2002
Exploring together. At the National Academy of Sciences on Saturday, participants will explore from four perspectives - technology, research, interdisciplinary, and science for all students - how to strengthen student learning. All sessions will deal with how leaders shape new policies and programs, from the point of setting goals for student learning to developing, implementing, and assessing practices that serve those goals.

Sunday, October 13, 2002
Taking personal responsibility for transformation. As always, each F21 member will leave the Assembly with a personal agenda for action that has been drafted in consultation with village elders, fellow F21 members, and other representatives of the national STEM community. The discussions about REVISITED: America’s Academic Future and the Saturday sessions at the National Academy of Sciences will help shape individual personal agendas.


  • Thomas Cech, President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, John Marburger, III, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Shirley Malcom, Director of Education and Human Resources for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), have been invited to speak on leadership in institutional transformation.
  • Leadership initiatives, experiential learning activities about leadership, will be scattered throughout the weekend. These initiatives will encourage formal and informal conversations about the role of leadership.

2002 F21 National Assembly Pre-Event: Congressional Hearing

2002 F21 National Assembly Field Trip: Naval Observatory



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